Commanders trade offer No. 1
Some of the trades being touted by Chicago Bears fans hoping for another king's ransom for the top pick are laughable. The Washington Commanders are not looking to move up from No. 9 as the Carolina Panthers did for Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young in 2023. They are not surging from No. 12 to No. 3 - a move made by the San Francisco 49ers to get quarterback Trey Lance.
While the compensation will be expensive - especially with the prize being Caleb Williams - it should be affordable. The Bears have all the leverage right now. Make no mistake, they won't be showing their hand until the last minute in pursuit of generating maximum value if they opt to move forward with Justin Fields.
This trade was recently projected by Pro Football Focus. It involved the Commanders swapping their first-round pick with the Bears this year. Those in power would also part ways with the No. 36 overall selection and their first-rounder in 2025. While it's a lot to sacrifice, it's not nearly as much as people seem to think jumping one position is going to cost.
If there was ever a time for the Commanders to make such a move, it's now. They have new ownership looking to make a splash and provide hope for the future. They are also rich in draft assets after trading Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the deadline. This move ensures they lose just one pick this year, leaving them with the chance to draft Williams and seven other selections to utilize.